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Old 11-30-03, 09:41 AM   #37
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.... I hope you don`t mind but I`m really stuck on this and it`s becoming more than frustrating , after trying the nVIDIA drivers and failing into achieving good results I decided to use the patch found on :

http://www.hailfinger.org/carldani/l...hes/forcedeth/

as blueworm recommended but since I`m a total newbie I ask you how to apply this patch ?

What exactly must I do in order to run this patch ? Re-install nVIDIA drivers and ... ah , I don`t know , please help

My kernel version is 2.40.20-8 , are there any incompatibilities between the patch and this kernel ?

Any reply deeply appreciated
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Old 11-30-03, 12:33 PM   #38
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It's quite likely that there will be -- 2.4.20-8 is a vendor kernel. I'd go to www.kernel.org and fetch a 2.4.23 kernel tarball. Unpack it somewhere (/tmp and your home directory are good spots), and follow the instructions to configure it.

Once you've configured it, download the forcedeth patch and save it into the root of the kernel source (i.e. the top-level directory where all the other directories are). Once you've saved it, go to the top-level directory and execute this command:

cat forcedeth.patch | patch -p1

Once the command finishes (hopefully without errors) go back to the kernel configuration system and go to the Network drivers section. Fin the forcedeth option (CONFIG_FORCEDETH) and select it as a module. Save, exit, compile and install your new kernel.

If you need more assistance, don't hesitate to ask -- but be warned that I may not be able to explain it as clearly as some of the kernel-compiling HOWTOs available on the Internet.
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Old 11-30-03, 01:08 PM   #39
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Ok , got kernel 2.4.23 , could you please tell me a link on which I can find a kernel configuration guide ?

It seems so difficult...I`m still going to do it tho` hoping that you won`t get angry.
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Old 11-30-03, 01:10 PM   #40
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(/tmp and your home directory are good spots)

Uhm...what is my home directory ? /root or / ? Need I unpack the kernel on both directories /tmp and /home directory or is it the same to unpack it only in /tmp ?

*sighs*
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Old 11-30-03, 03:11 PM   #41
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it works perfectly even with ACPI enabled
I'm using the ATI linux drivers. the system wasnt stable when I was using them with the nvnet driver. I havent tried enabling acpi again yet. I'm sure it will work I'll test it with 2.6.test11 later.
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Old 11-30-03, 03:18 PM   #42
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Ok , got kernel 2.4.23 , could you please tell me a link on which I can find a kernel configuration guide ?

It seems so difficult...I`m still going to do it tho` hoping that you won`t get angry.
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html

big list of different howtos scroll down to find the kernel howto

and heres a link to redhats documention
https://www.redhat.com/docs/
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Ok , got kernel 2.4.23 , could you please tell me a link on which I can find a kernel configuration guide ?

It seems so difficult...I`m still going to do it tho` hoping that you won`t get angry.
Why would I get angry?

Anyway, the link posted above is a good place to read up on how to compile kernels, if you've never done it before.

And to answer your second question, you only need to unpack the kernel source in one place. It can be /tmp OR your home directory, which lies somewhere under the /home directory (cool huh? )
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Old 11-30-03, 05:13 PM   #44
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I couldn`t have been more tired , irritated and frustrated not even if I went searching for needles in a wagon of sand ! (or whatever)

The point is that there are some things to fix in order to update the kernel such as gcc , make , binutils etc...after I gathered all the necessary information I came up to the conclusion that I only needed to downgrade gcc to 2.95 from 3.2.2-5 (yay ! so said I at that time) but it wasn`t meant to be .... I SIMPLY CAN`T UNDERSTAND THE INSTALLATION METHOD OF GCC !!! therefore I`m giving all this crap up.

In consequence to those written above what is the best Network Card recommended for Linux ?! I intend buying it and save myself time , nerves , sweat and violent feelings , Linux has been a major dissapointment so far !

So...any ideas on NICs ?

Preferably one recognized by MOST Distros especially : Slackware , Debian , RedHat and Mandrake without endless hours of searching the web for forums/drivers from a Windows machine having to boot/reboot everytime I need docs/drivers in order to install it ...

Blah !!!
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I feel your pain

things are easy compared to when I started using linux in 1996. there was even less information and less hardware support. not knowing how linux worked back then sucked. I ended up buying a book called running linux its still being updated and sold.

3com and linksys are good, they both have modules you can use that come with the kernel.

the distros dont matter when it comes to hardware support thats what the kernel is all about. I suggest Suse it has a simple package manage and config utills and comes with a good book at least the version I got did 6.0. I use debian unstable these days.
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Old 11-30-03, 08:40 PM   #46
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Thank you for your understanding

Linux Kernel upgrade to 2.4.23 failed at the end , I somehow screwed up at the end when configuring lilo.conf and therefore cannot enter anymore on Linux Partitions .... I shall re-install....again , heh.

I`ll try searching for those NICs and maybe others , I`m so low now , incredibly dissapointed and not by Linux I guess but by me , such bizarre.

See ya soon ...
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Old 11-30-03, 09:29 PM   #47
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I managed to save a copy of my original lilo.conf file so I used a boot CD with linux rescue command and when I`m trying to run lilo it doesn`t work.(I of course copied the good lilo.conf over the non-functional one)

I also browsed with Midnight Commander to /mnt/sysimage/etc/lilo.conf and got some errors ... what am I to do to enable lilo.conf ?

All I have to do is to re-enable my old lilo.conf , am I wrong ? I wish I could do it by myself but ...
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Old 11-30-03, 09:46 PM   #48
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Here`s the error message I receive upon running lilo.conf :

bash-2.05# ./lilo.conf
./lilo/conf : line 1 : prompt : command not found
./lilo/conf : line 8 : lba32 : command not found
./lilo/conf : line 13 : read-only : command not found
./lilo/conf : line 17 : optional : command not found


and here is the actual lilo.conf file I`m talking about who used to work before upgrading the kernel and modifying it :

prompt
timeout="1000"
default=linux
boot="/dev/hda"
map=/boot/map
install=/boot/boot.b
message=/boot/message
lba32

image="/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8"
label="linux"
initrd="/boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img"
read-only
append="hdd=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"

other=/dev/hda1
optional
label="DOS"

image="/dev/hda1"
initrd="/boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img"
append="hdd=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"




Any ideas on how to activate this in order to be able to boot and modify it so I can run on the upgraded kernel which by the way COMPILED WITH NO ERRORS ?

Thank you in advance
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